August 30, 2014
trms:

If Obama’s critics want to argue that releasing detainees is dangerous, it’s incumbent on them to explain why they never said a word during the Bush/Cheney era. [Link: http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/were-war]

trms:

If Obama’s critics want to argue that releasing detainees is dangerous, it’s incumbent on them to explain why they never said a word during the Bush/Cheney era. [Link: http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/were-war]

(via reagan-was-a-horrible-president)

August 8, 2014
Tweet and delete: On Gaza, celebrity courage — and cowardice — over social media

An interesting analysis of changes ongoing in mass US culture in general, and the role (both inflicted upon and taken up by) celebrity

August 5, 2014
Jailed New York youngsters subject to 'rampant use of excessive force'

New York City’s juvenile jails are extremely violent and unsafe, the result of a deeply ingrained culture of violence in which guards routinely violate constitutional rights of teenage inmates and subject them to “rampant use of unnecessary and excessive force,” the federal government said in a scathing report released Monday.

The report, the result of a two-and-a-half-year Justice Department investigation into violence at three Rikers Island juvenile jail facilities, recommended major reforms to almost every aspect of how young offenders are treated.

It identified problems that occurred between 2011 and 2013 that also likely hold true for adult inmates, including poor staff training, inadequate investigations, an ineffective management structure and the overuse of solitary confinement, particularly for mentally ill inmates.

“Indeed, while we did not specifically investigate the use of force against the adult inmate population, our investigation suggests that the systemic deficiencies identified in this report may exist in equal measure at the other jails on Rikers,” the government attorneys from Manhattan wrote.

August 3, 2014
My students recently asked me if there had been any deaths due to nuclear energy, as they’d found a number of sources that said there had not.We talked, for a bit, about the different ways one could decide whether a death “was” or “was not” the fault of the Nuclear Industrial Complex.Let’s be clear.  A lot of money will go into arguing that nobody is at fault for this….
poodleman:

thepeoplesrecord:

Fukushima’s children are dying June 16, 2014
Some 39 months after the multiple explosions at Fukushima, thyroid cancer rates among nearby children have skyrocketed to more than forty times (40x) normal.
More than 48 percent of some 375,000 young people—nearly 200,000 kids—tested by the Fukushima Medical University near the smoldering reactors now suffer from pre-cancerous thyroid abnormalities, primarily nodules and cysts. The rate is accelerating.
More than 120 childhood cancers have been indicated where just three would be expected, says Joseph Mangano, executive director of the Radiation and Public Health Project.
The nuclear industry and its apologists continue to deny this public health tragedy. Some have actually asserted that “not one person” has been affected by Fukushima’s massive radiation releases, which for some isotopes exceed Hiroshima by a factor of nearly 30.
But the deadly epidemic at Fukushima is consistent with impacts suffered among children near the 1979 accident at Three Mile Island and the 1986 explosion at Chernobyl, as well as findings at other commercial reactors. The likelihood that atomic power could cause such epidemics has been confirmed by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, which says that “an increase in the risk of childhood thyroid cancer” would accompany a reactor disaster.
In evaluating the prospects of new reactor construction in Canada, the Commission says the rate “would rise by 0.3 percent at a distance of 12 kilometers” from the accident. But that assumes the distribution of protective potassium iodide pills and a successful emergency evacuation, neither of which happened at Three Mile Island, Chernobyl or Fukushima.
The numbers have been analyzed by Mangano. He has studied the impacts of reactor-created radiation on human health since the 1980s, beginning his work with the legendary radiologist Dr. Ernest Sternglass and statistician Jay Gould.
Speaking on the Green Power & Wellness Show, Mangano also confirms that the general health among downwind human populations improves when atomic reactors are shut down, and goes into decline when they open or re-open.
Nearby children are not the only casualties at Fukushima. Plant operator Masao Yoshida has died at age 58 of esophogeal cancer. Masao heroically refused to abandon Fukushima at the worst of the crisis, probably saving millions of lives. Workers at the site who are employed by independent contractors—many dominated by organized crime—are often not being monitored for radiation exposure at all. Public anger is rising over government plans to force families—many with small children—back into the heavily contaminated region around the plant.
Full article

Horrific. This should continue to be on everybody’s radar.

My students recently asked me if there had been any deaths due to nuclear energy, as they’d found a number of sources that said there had not.We talked, for a bit, about the different ways one could decide whether a death “was” or “was not” the fault of the Nuclear Industrial Complex.

Let’s be clear.  A lot of money will go into arguing that nobody is at fault for this….

poodleman:

thepeoplesrecord:

Fukushima’s children are dying 
June 16, 2014

Some 39 months after the multiple explosions at Fukushima, thyroid cancer rates among nearby children have skyrocketed to more than forty times (40x) normal.

More than 48 percent of some 375,000 young people—nearly 200,000 kids—tested by the Fukushima Medical University near the smoldering reactors now suffer from pre-cancerous thyroid abnormalities, primarily nodules and cysts. The rate is accelerating.

More than 120 childhood cancers have been indicated where just three would be expected, says Joseph Mangano, executive director of the Radiation and Public Health Project.

The nuclear industry and its apologists continue to deny this public health tragedy. Some have actually asserted that “not one person” has been affected by Fukushima’s massive radiation releases, which for some isotopes exceed Hiroshima by a factor of nearly 30.

But the deadly epidemic at Fukushima is consistent with impacts suffered among children near the 1979 accident at Three Mile Island and the 1986 explosion at Chernobyl, as well as findings at other commercial reactors.
 
The likelihood that atomic power could cause such epidemics has been confirmed by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, which says that “an increase in the risk of childhood thyroid cancer” would accompany a reactor disaster.

In evaluating the prospects of new reactor construction in Canada, the Commission says the rate “would rise by 0.3 percent at a distance of 12 kilometers” from the accident. But that assumes the distribution of protective potassium iodide pills and a successful emergency evacuation, neither of which happened at Three Mile Island, Chernobyl or Fukushima.

The numbers have been analyzed by Mangano. He has studied the impacts of reactor-created radiation on human health since the 1980s, beginning his work with the legendary radiologist Dr. Ernest Sternglass and statistician Jay Gould.

Speaking on the Green Power & Wellness Show, Mangano also confirms that the general health among downwind human populations improves when atomic reactors are shut down, and goes into decline when they open or re-open.

Nearby children are not the only casualties at Fukushima. Plant operator Masao Yoshida has died at age 58 of esophogeal cancer. Masao heroically refused to abandon Fukushima at the worst of the crisis, probably saving millions of lives. Workers at the site who are employed by independent contractors—many dominated by organized crime—are often not being monitored for radiation exposure at all. Public anger is rising over government plans to force families—many with small children—back into the heavily contaminated region around the plant.

Full article

Horrific. This should continue to be on everybody’s radar.

(Source: thepeoplesrecord, via reagan-was-a-horrible-president)

August 2, 2014

I’m feeling uplifted and disgusted.  Uplifted by all of the people who are commuting their hearts and time to doing good and creating change, and disgusted by all of those who don’t give a shit… or worse, SAY they give a shit and don’t do the work to create change… about the latest events in Gaza.

July 30, 2014
Israel bombs a safe haven full of children and refugees, protected by the United Nations

July 18, 2014

redplebeian:

the-wistful-collectivist:

descentintotyranny:

Israel begins its ground invasion of the Gaza Strip

israel does not give a fuck. they will kill everyone incl journalists and not bat an eye bc they control this country

Israelis are murderers and American Zionists are accomplices to this barbaric butchery

It is REALLY important to remember that more innocents are under fire more often in Palestine than on luxury jetliners, any day of the week.  And I say this as someone who is flying through Ukraine

(via amodernmanifesto)

July 10, 2014
micdotcom:

‘Orange Is the New Black’ star Laverne Cox just made TV history in a huge way 

When you watch the Emmy Awards on Aug. 25, you will witness living history: For the first time ever, a transgender actor’s name will be read aloud as an Emmy nominee.
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micdotcom:

‘Orange Is the New Black’ star Laverne Cox just made TV history in a huge way 

When you watch the Emmy Awards on Aug. 25, you will witness living history: For the first time ever, a transgender actor’s name will be read aloud as an Emmy nominee.

Read more | Follow micdotcom

July 9, 2014
evilsoutherngentleman:

theblogthatneversleeps:

Barack Obama has attained a level of sassiness one can only dream of.

Holy shit it’s real.

evilsoutherngentleman:

theblogthatneversleeps:

Barack Obama has attained a level of sassiness one can only dream of.

Holy shit it’s real.

(via reagan-was-a-horrible-president)

July 6, 2014

(Source: athe0s, via reagan-was-a-horrible-president)

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